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Inca Ice Maiden Discovered

image: Mount AmpatoOn 9 September 1995, the mummy of a young girl, sacrificed to a mountain god 500 years ago, was discovered on top of Mount Ampato in Peru. The body was found along with other objects that were meant as offerings to the gods.

Why is the discovery of the Ice Maiden an important scientific discovery?

The Ice Maiden had been persevered because it was high up in the mountains in freezing conditions. The frozen, freeze-dried, and partially dehydrated body provided archaeologists with good biological information including what the girl ate before she died and how healthy she was.

The objects found with the Ice Maiden, bowls, pins, and figurines made of gold, silver, and shell, helped scientists to understand more about the life and beliefs of the ancient Inca culture.

Her clothes helped in reconstructing daily life.

What are you leaving behind for future archaeologists to discover?

Through discoveries we have a greater understanding of our past. What would you put in a time capsule to help future archaeologists learn about daily life today?

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